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Summary

An inspiring yet practical guide for transforming limitations into opportunities, A Beautiful Constraint: How to Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages and Why It's Everyone's Business is a book about everyday, practical inventiveness, designed for the constrained times in which we live. It describes how to take the kinds of issues that all of us face today - lack of time, money, resources, attention, know-how - and see in them the opportunity for transformation of oneself and one's organization's fortunes. The ideas in the book are based on the authors' extensive work as business consultants and are brought to life in 35 personal interviews from such varied sources as Nike, IKEA, Unilever, the US Navy, Formula One racecar engineers, public school teachers in California, and barley farmers in South Africa. Underpinned by scientific research into the psychology of breakthrough, the book is a practical handbook full of tools and tips for how to make more from less. Highly accessible, A Beautiful Constraint will appeal beyond its core business audience to anyone who needs to find the opportunity in constraint. The book takes the listener on a journey through the mind-set, method and motivation required to move from the initial "victim" stage into the transformation stage.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 eatbigfish; Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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An inspiring & enlightening book.

This book is one of my favourite 'business/self help' books I have read. It is inspiring and enlightening and the analysis of the various thoughts expanded throughout the book is very engaging and easy to follow. Can if thinking is my new mantra!
When I saw it available on audible I thought I'd give it a listen to refresh my memory of the book after having read it a couple of years ago.

Unfortunately, the narration & recording are challenging. The volume and pace of narration changes often and I found myself having to skip back to re-listen to sections again. The narrator (who is also a co-author) is often talking very loud, to then slip into a whisper. I can see this putting people off, but it is a great book nonetheless.

I would recommend reading it rather than the audible download.

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Great book, poor recording

The recording is poor and the various models should be included with the audiobook, I couldn’t easily find them online

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  • Oliver Nielsen
  • 13-09-15

Good content – too many cases + poor narration

The content – the ideas themselves, and the framework – is very interesting. Sadly, the message is buried in far too many case stories and anecdotes. They're examples, yes, but I wish I could press a "skip this anecdote"-button, to FFWD to the next useful piece of information.

Additionally, the author reads to softly. I like his voice, but when he speaks every other sentence at a lower volume, the compressor/limiter/gate/expander (voice processing) kicks in too hard, making the problem even worse, than if no processing had been used. It's as if the audio engineer asked him to do a sound test, and the author narrated that test loud and clear, the audio guy then called it a day, went home, leaving the author narrating all evening and night, with the result that the author drifts into low volume/level sentences, etc.

Bottom line: it made it impossible to hear the words clearly when out and about, in traffic and such.

All in all, I'd recommend you get the print copy, as it's also a very beautifully laid-out book, graphically speaking. And then you can skip the anecdotes:)

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  • Strada
  • 07-10-16

Good book Bad recording

Concepts, ideas and solutions are great. very inspiring. the muddled recording with the readers almost whispering reading makes it very hard to keep focused on the book. Still worth it !

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  • Joseph N
  • 26-06-18

Horrible recording

I always listen to my audiobooks via my car audio.

Unfortunately with this recording. Either the narrator was too close to the mic. Or levels were not set properly. Horrible distortion, sound is often muffled or distorts

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  • david
  • 30-04-18

Very hard to follow

This book has some great concepts, but they are buried deep under a mush mash of ideas and stories that are very hard to follow.

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  • Patrick D. Landry
  • 01-04-18

Very good content, very poor delivery.

Normally I prefer when an author reads their own work however in this case the author did not seem to be able to control his voice and the ups and downs were terrible. This book is very popular at my office but I’ll have to purchase the Kindle version to actually get the most out of it.

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  • H. de Gyor
  • 29-04-17

Best business book read this year

After reading plenty of non-fiction business books on a weekly and sometimes daily basis, this is the most practical I have heard this year. I liked the real world (not ancient) examples. You will still need to refer to the imagery and charts in the PDF or book itself but that can be done at the end.

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  • Andrew M Challies
  • 09-12-16

Manifesto for the future

A great vision that focuses on what can be right in a circumstance rather than what is wrong. Beautiful.